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9:50 AM ET, September 18, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Will McCain Waste Palin?  —  The media is turning the news into a presidential video game.  “Hurricane Ike” or “Wall Street Meltdown” appears onscreen, and the media boots up Barack Obama and John McCain to see how well they talk the problem.  Mostly they are speaking gobbledygook about things they barely understand.
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
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New York Times:
McCain Seen as Less Likely to Bring Change, Poll Finds  —  WASHINGTON — Despite an intense effort to distance himself from the way his party has done business in Washington, Senator John McCain is seen by voters as far less likely to bring change to Washington than Senator Barack Obama.
USA Today:
Our view on bipartisanship: Who's the better uniter?  —  McCain has a longer record of bucking his party's orthodoxy.  —  Presidents who try to push through major policy changes without the opposing party almost always come to grief.  George W. Bush's bid to create private accounts …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Retakes Lead Over McCain  —  Though McCain's supporters have become more enthusiastic about the Republican nominee, he still suffers from an enthusiasm gap.  Sixty-one percent of Obama supporters are enthusiastic about their candidate, up eight points from last week's poll …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OY  —  Well, it doesn't appear to have registered in the American press yet.  But the story keeps bubbling in the Spanish press about McCain's bizarre gaffe about the Spanish Prime Minister.  Here's the front page cut out from the Spanish news channel that did the interview.  They've talked to the interviewer now.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
John McCain just forget where Spain was.  Seriously, not kidding.  —  Bumped.  This is a very important story.  —  (UPDATE: I now have the Spanish version of the interview cropped to the 1 minute 37 seconds in question.  You can listen to it here, but it's in Spanish.)  —  This isn't funny.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LOSING IT  —  Did John McCain really just suggest that the …
Discussion: Shakesville
Michelle Malkin:
The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking  —  This afternoon, I mentioned an infamous group of hackers whose Internet bulletin board was the gathering place for those who bragged about and publicized the Sarah Palin private e-mail hacking.  —  A tech-savvy reader who monitors …
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers break into Sarah Palin's e-mail account
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Gawker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's Yahoo! hacking: ‘GovPalin’
Discussion: CNN and Top of the Ticket
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Excerpts from Palin's Hannity Interview — Part I  —  GOV. SARAH PALIN TELLS FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S SEAN HANNITY  —  ‘THE CORRUPTION ON WALL STREET’ IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILING INSTITUTIONS  —  Palin: 'CEO's and Top Management' Have Been ‘Addicted’ to 'O-P-M, Other People's Money'
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Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
THEY HOPE PEOPLE DON'T NOTICE HOW THEY'VE CHANGED THE GROUND RULES  —  In today's Chicago Tribune, the Obama camp responds to nitpicky concerns about their attempts to shut down radio shows that might say things they don't like, via their “Obama Action Wires”:
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Needs to Sell Himself, Not Attack McCain  —  Be careful not to assign too much scientific precision to polls.  They aren't as accurate as portrayed.  But several different surveys at roughly the same time that show similar results are useful guides.  So three trends in recent polls must worry …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Role Reversal  —  Karl Rove thinks it is a mistake for Barack Obama …
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Biden: Paying higher taxes patriotic for wealthy  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.  In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
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Associated Press:
Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.  —  Biden says he and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama want to …
Discussion: Hot Air
Deacon / Power Line:
THE WASHINGTON POST — NEVER MORE THAN A HEADLINE AWAY FROM A DEMOCRATIC TALKING POINT  —  Today, the Washington Post's news section ran the following headlines relating to the presidential campaign: … The Post has no headlines or stories about Obama.  It probably recognizes that …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
A Commercial, Anyone?  —  1. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) wrote:
Discussion: Macsmind and Power Line
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Trump endorses McCain on Larry King  —  Donald Trump, the flamboyant New York magnate, said on CNN's “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night that he is supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.  —  Trump, never shy with his opinions, went on to say that McCain appears to be winning …
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Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
High Turnout, New Procedures May Mean an Election Day Mess  —  Faced with a surge in voter registrations leading up to Nov. 4, election officials across the country are bracing for long lines, equipment failures and confusion over polling procedures that could cost thousands the chance to cast a ballot.
Christy Hoppe / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Bob Barr Busts Ballot  —  Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has filed suit that would keep voters from seeing the names Barack Obama and John McCain on their voting machines, saying they failed to follow the Texas law to get their names placed on the ballot.
Discussion: Reason and Outside The Beltway
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
With little notice, Sarah Palin becomes a GOP fundraising machine  —  While the political and news world was focused on the glitzy Hollywood haul of money by the Obama campaign's Brinks trucks Tuesday night, it turns out lesser-light Sarah Palin was gathering in a good deal more than a million bucks …
Discussion: Associated Press and Don Surber
Marc Ambinder:
Fact-checking Obama  —  First, CBS News's Wyatt Andrews reports on a charge that Barack Obama often makes about John McCain's health care plan: that it will result in tax increases for tens of millions of Americans.  —  The truth is that it... well, it might not— although McCain would require Americans …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh, hitting back over usage in ad, says Obama “stoking racism”
 
 
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Indianapolis Star:
Star/WTHR poll: It's close in Indiana
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Federal Aid to Detroit Seems Likely
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
McCain must OK earmarks, says GOP
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Rocky Delgadillo / The Huffington Post:
Protecting Families From McCain's Broken Health Care Plan
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Triage
Walden Siew / Reuters:
S&P says pressure building on U.S. “AAA” rating
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Frederick W. Kagan / Weekly Standard:
No Oil for Blood  —  Thanks to three American senators, China will be pumping Iraqi oil.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Wizbang
Nicholas Provenzo / The Rule of Reason:
Palin's Down syndrome child and the right to abortion
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Stop The ACLU
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Brooks, Elites, Populists, Oh My
Discussion: Commentary and Riehl World View
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Absurdity Of CNBC  —  The entire financial system …